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What is Web Hosting?

You have a conception that you desire to convert into a site? Your very first step should be to keep your inspiration and discover a spot for your site on the World Wide Web so that it will be always available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your website?

Because the number of sites on the web has risen exponentially in the last several years, the need for hosting services has also lead to the emergence of incalculable web hosting distributors. These are companies that offer you data storage space for your own site on their web hosting servers.

Types of hosting services

The range of web hosting services fluctuates tremendously, so do the necessities of the website possessors. The most basic web hosting type is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based user interface. Plenty of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver this service free of cost. Personal web site owners and corporations can also obtain hosting services from various hosting service providers. Personal web hosting services are usually either free, advertisement-supported, or low-priced. Business web hosting services usually cost more, but due to the big competition on the marketplace, a growing number of web hosting corporations, like us at Domaine Shops, offer business website hosting services at inexpensive prices and with flexible billing intervals.

Kinds of web sites and their requirements

The free web hosting solution is generally sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or blogs. A more resource-consuming site, such as a social networking site or a corporate portal, calls for a more powerful web hosting package that provides database support and web application development platforms (including PHP). If you desire to host an e-store, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting solutions provider of your choice. As of now, SSL certificates are supplied by most hosting firms.

The web hosting Control Panel

The hosting provider usually also provides a hosting Control Panel interface for handling your website files, email box accounts, mailbox aliases, domains, DNS records, etc.

Service uptime

When picking a hosting solution, website availability is a very vital aspect. The availability of a website is assessed on an annual basis by taking into account the time when the website is publicly available and visible online. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be meticulously examined when signing up for a website hosting service. You should re-examine the service-level agreements and the ToS of the web hosting vendor of your choosing in advance. Finding reviews from existing clients is also a quite logical step before you choose to sign up.

The shared hosting solution

The most famous and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It includes round-the-clock customer support, which is a big benefit for clients who do not wish to cope with server maintenance tasks, but could also hinder customers who desire to exercise more control over the web hosting server. For such customers, a virtual private servers or a dedicated hosting would be more suitable. Most popular apps and scripts work okay on a shared server. Besides, the shared hosting solution costs less than other types of hosting solutions, like the dedicated hosting, because the web hosting provider divides the shared web hosting server among lots of customers. The shared web hosting platform typically involves system resource usage restrictions that guarantee that the separate clients do not meddle with each other and that the shared web hosting server stays stable.

Handling your shared hosting account

Shared website hosting plans normally offer a web-based Control Panel user interface, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. The majority of the big web hosting firms, again like us at Domaine Shops, make use of their very own personal custom-built Control Panel.

Web server maintenance

With the shared hosting platform, the hosting vendor is responsible for managing the web and mail servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for offering technical support to its customers. Most web servers are based on the Linux OS. The hosting supplier's administrators are in charge of keeping the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and full root-level access.